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Cynthia Pepin, LCSW,CAADC, Clinical Director
Owner/Founder

I am a clinical social worker who graduated from Spring Arbor University in 2015. I like to focus on anxiety, depression, and trauma and work with all ages. I am trained in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR therapy, motivational interviewing, substance abuse, and rational emotive behavioral therapy. I enjoy spending time with my family and two dogs.

Sabrina Spearman, LCSW
Owner/Founder

I earned my Master of Social Work in 2015.  I am a strong believer in Strengths Based Perspective. I have been trained in EMDR, Batterers Intervention from Duluth, Minnesota, Seeking Safety, many White Bison trainings, REBT, DBT, and Motivational Interviewing. In my off time, I enjoy helping others find a purpose by working through the mental health and substance abuse issues. I love spending time with my children,grandchildren, and my two cats, Drizzle and Hail. Football is a must for me as I am an avid Detroit Lions fan. I love being outdoors, enjoy cookouts and spending time in my pool.

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Carly Livingston
Medical Billing, Front-end Office Manager

I work behind the scenes in the billing department making sure claims are submitted and successfully reimbursed while balancing account information. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my three children and my husband. I also really enjoy crafting for my craft fairs and I love watching  football, wrestling, and watching my kids in their extra-curricular activities.

Eva Gray
Intake Coordinator

I have an associates degree in general studies, have experience working at Harbor Hall with the woman clients and I have had experience working with the elderly. I am an artist in my free time and enjoy taking on new challenges. I’m a mother to three children two boys and a girl, and dogs and cats. Along with a lizard and a dozen chickens. We as a family love to Kayak and Garden, we are always challenging the kids to grab a hammer and help build whatever projects pop into my creative head. My dream is to someday become an art therapist and show people how creativity can benefit mental health.

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Laura Spearman

Administrative Assistant/Medical Billing

I’m a dedicated and strong headed worker! I have previous experience being a house manager/Activity Assistant for a nursing facility. I love helping people where I can! I am a mother to a goofy boy who I love being with. During my free time, I love to travel where I can. I most enjoy seeing historical places and hearing about the history. I love spending time with my family and being outside. During my free time, I love to read. I paint, and play video games. My dream is to hopefully become a dedicated BHT (Behavioral Health Technician)

Ana Cunningham, LCSW

With a specialized focus on mood disorders such as Anxiety, Depression, as well as Trauma, PTSD, Dissociation, Life Transitions, Stress Management, Anger Management, Self-Harm, Grief, Low Self-Esteem, and Coping Strategies, I am committed to guiding individuals on their path to emotional well-being and self-realization.

My therapeutic philosophy is anchored in a broad spectrum of evidence-based treatments and modalities. I have expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), DBT-Informed practices,  Grief Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS) Level 1, Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) Level 1, Trauma Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST) Levels 1 and 2, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Sensorimotor Informed Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Furthermore, Insight-Oriented techniques are seamlessly woven into my sessions, ensuring that each client's therapy is tailored to their unique needs and life narrative.

I perceive therapy as a profound journey of exploration — a space where clients can dive deeper into understanding their essence, desires, and aspirations. My life's mission is to walk alongside clients during this journey of self-awareness, empowering them to harness their inner strength, cultivate love, and nurture their innate creativity.

Outside the therapeutic setting, I find joy in culinary adventures, immersing myself in books, writing, and exploring the world through travel.

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Jennifer Blaisdell, LCSW

I received my masters in social work at Wayne State University in 2013. I decided to go into social work because I enjoy meeting new people and have a passion to help others. I specialize in  medical social work with working in nursing homes and home care health settings.  During this journey, I provided ongoing support and counseling to older adults and their families. Being a social worker is so rewarding because I can help provide tools and resources in this journey that we call life. I believe there is a higher power in this world and that we all need help on our journey. When I am not helping others, I enjoy spending time with my husband and children.

Heather Cornett, LLCSW

I love empowering individuals ; helping them to heal, rise above their challenges, take personal ownership over their life, and learn to thrive in every circumstance. I take a strengths based approach to therapy. "Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it" - Helen Keller.

Do you have obstacles that are holding you back from the life you dream of? Are you dealing with past trauma, anxiety, depression, addiction, relational difficulty, codependency, or emotional pain/numbness? Let's tackle it together. I use a number of evidence based practices including CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, IFS informed therapy and EMDR to help you grow.

Let me help you learn how to let down your defenses and feel safe. Find freedom from the things that trigger you and steal your joy. Get curious about why you feel and react the way you do. Learn to embrace your personal process and walk in fearless self acceptance. It can be scary to take the first step, but I always say... you can't be brave without fear.

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Chad Alexander, MA, LPC-S

I am a lifelong resident of Northern Michigan, having grown up in Gaylord and then moved to the Petoskey area in 2004. I enjoy reading fantasy novels, I am a huge Dungeons and Dragons nerd, and I love all things Star Wars. I seek to provide compassionate, non-judgmental counseling for teens and adults who need to talk about things that are hard to talk about. Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, traumatic experiences, life transitions, relationship struggles, or just managing the stress of a busy life, counseling can help.
I received my Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Spring Arbor University in 2016. I am also trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Somatic- & Attachment-Focused EMDR (S.A.F.E. EMDR), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). I also draw heavily from Narrative Therapy and mindfulness principles.

Kylie Alexander, LLCSW

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Steven Wallace, LLCSW

Jill Magrum, LLPC

SPECIALIZING IN:

  • ADOLESCENT and YOUNG ADULT Mental and Emotional Health

  • SUBSTANCE ABUSE

  • MOOD DISORDERS

After 25 years as a High School Guidance Counselor, my husband and I decided to retire at our Lake Home on Crooked Lake in Northern Michigan. We both enjoy nature, hiking in the woods, biking on our beautiful bike paths, and kayaking, sailing, swimming, and boating on our beautiful lakes and rivers. We love having our extended family UP NORTH for long weekends of skiing in the winter and summer fun!

For a long while, that was enough to fill my heart, mind and soul...until it wasn’t. I missed my kids (my students) and I missed counseling.

I returned to Counseling in 2022, working at Harbor Hall, a rehabilitation center for people with substance abuse disorders,  and Beacon Wellness and Psychiatry as a “Clinical Therapist”, where I worked with both adolescent and adult clients in areas of: Substance Abuse, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Eating Disorders, Anger Management, Grief Counseling, Self-Esteem, and Co-Dependency.

As a High School Guidance Counselor, I supported and advocated for my students in three areas:

  • Academically – schedule, credits, grades, scholarships, college and tech prep, high stakes testing, ADD and ADHD, 504 plans, IEP’s, graduation, transcripts, parent-teacher conferences.

  • relationships, bullying, acceptance, mediations, conflicts, support groups, Leadership Groups, and Clubs and social groups

  • - The number one issue for all teens is: “Belonging” and feeling “Accepted”

Many teens today suffer from past trauma, neglect, abuse, lack of self-esteem, fears, anxiety, technology overload, eating disorders, identity or lack thereof and depression. Sometimes they just need someone to listen and know they are being heard.

I did not return to counseling because of the money, I returned because of the joy and fulfillment I receive when a client is able to gain insight and as a result is able to move on and thrive as a result of therapy.

I love working with the youth in our community. After 25 years in a high school, I feel I understand adolescents. I take great joy in seeing them evolve, grow, and flourish.

My intentions in therapy are to always to help my client feel validated by first building rapport, helping them to understanding that they do belong and they are accepted. My goal is to engage, understand, strengthen, encourage, inform, and eventually enable my clients to be able to move beyond their past and beyond their symptoms of stress, worry, anxiety, depression, and panic, and proceed with their wildest dreams and goals.

 I use the following modalities in therapy:    

  • CBT – Cognitive Behavior Therapy

  • DBT Informed-Mindfulness, Emotional Regulation, Interpersonal Relations, and Distress Tolerance

  • Art Therapy

  • Family Therapy

  • Mediations

  • Substance Abuse & 12 step programs

  • Trauma Informed Therapy

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Kathryn Jean, LCSW

Seasoned clinical social worker and behavioral specialist with 40+ years of professional experience. History of clinical practice with all ages of adults and children using trauma-informed care for addressing the physical health, behavioral health, spiritual health, and social health. Deeply caring and adept at using soft skills that nurture trust and supportive relationships. Driven to achieve wide clinical services based on best-practices in the fields of Social Work and Behavioral Science.

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